New York, New York in Lockdown

Since moving to New York City in 2005, I imagined many different lives unfolding in this great city for myself, my family, and my friends. Except this.

Right now New Yorkers are just trying to survive day by day, picking up food at the grocery store and going to work if you’re one of the city’s new heroes — health care professionals, cops, FDNY, delivery people, grocery store clerks, laundromat staff, pharmacy employees, and even liquor store workers.

For the most part, people are doing their best to social distance as much as they can. Needless to say, this is a hard place to keep away from people when you head out the door.

Here are a few scenes from the city during week 1 of the lockdown in New York.

Sheep Meadow

The Sheep Meadow in Central Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Meatpacking District

An empty Meatpacking District except for a few vintage cars in front of the Apple Store.

Turtles at the Harlem Meer

Nature doesn’t stop: Turtles on the edge of the Harlem Meer.

Central Park Daffodils

A very quiet Central Park with the daffodils starting to bloom.


The Guggenheim: Only admired from the outside for the time being.

Park Avenue

Park Avenue on the Upper East Side.

Empty Central Park

An empty Central Park with the San Remo in the background.

Museum Mile

The Museum Mile in bloom along Fifth Avenue.


About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various under-the-radar companies like Google. Feel free to drop a line at or on twitter at @across106th.
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